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Absurdism

2007-10-08
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(Simplified) Relationship between Existentialism and Nihilism
Atheistic existentialismTheistic existentialismAbsurdismNihilism
1. There is such a thing as "meaning" or "value" to be found in lifeYesYesYesNo
2. There is inherent meaning in the universe (either intrinsic or from God)NoMaybe, but humans must have faith to believe there isMaybe, but humans can never know itNo
3. Individuals can create meaning in life themselvesYes, it is essential that they doYes, it is essential that they doYes, but it is not essentialNo, because there is no such meaning to create
4. The pursuit for meaning in the universe (either intrinsic or from God) is a futile gestureYes, and the pursuit itself is meaninglessNo, and the pursuit itself may have meaningYes, but the pursuit itself may have meaningYes, and the pursuit itself is meaningless
5. The pursuit for human-made meaning is a futile gestureNoNoNoYes
Relationship with Existentialism and Nihilism
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